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Three New Open e-Textbooks Series Added to the NCLOR OER Collection


Today, fifty-one new open e-textbooks were added to the open educational resources collection available within the NCLOR. The e-textbooks have been created by The University of Wisconsin, The University of Minnesota, and Oregon State University. The textbooks were created under a creative commons license and are free and open to use.

The subject included in this addition are: Accounting, Biochemistry and molecular biology, Biological and life sciences, Business administration, Change management, Climatology, Communication & Media, Cultural studies, Economics, Educational technology, Finance, Fisheries and wildlife sciences, Geography , Geology, Government, Human relations, Human resources, Information systems, Law, Linear Algebra, Marketing, Materials science, Organizational development, Physiology, Psychology, Social science, Sustainable agriculture, Technology and civilization, Web technologies, and Writing. 

The University of Minnesota collection of Open Textbook collection states its mission as “promoting access to higher education and collaborating to advance knowledge benefiting communities, the state, and world.”

The some of open textbooks available from The University of Minnesota are:


The Open Oregon State collection is an part of OSU’s open educational resource initiative.

The some of open textbooks available from Open Oregon State are:


University of Wisconsin – Madison has made small set of open textbook available for use.

The some of open textbooks available from University of Wisconsin – Madison are:

Creative Commons License
The works listed above are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License.

The NCCCS courses that these resources may supplement are; ACA-111, ACC-120, AGR-139, AGR-300, BIO-165, BIO-175, BUS-110, BUS-137, BUS-153, BUS-237, BUS-255, BUS-260, CHM-130, CJC-131, COM-150, CSC-211, ECO-151, ECO-252, EDU-271, ENG-011, FWL-142, GEL-120, GEO-111, GEO-130, GIS-121, LIB-112, MAT-280, MEC-265, MKT-120, POL-120, PSY-150, PSY-237, SOC-210, and WEB-210.

To access these resources, you can do any of the following:

 

Eight New NROC Collections Added to the NCLOR


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Available to NCCCS Only

The content available in the NCLOR from NROC has been updated with eight new collections. The eight new collections are: The Concord Consortium Collection, NMSU Learning Games Lab Collection, Mt. San Jacinto College Collection, Chattanooga State Technical College Collection, BioInteractive Collection, APES in a Box Collection, Virginia Historical Society Collection, and NASA eClips Collection. The NROC Project provides core academic rich multimedia content–videos, animations, and simulations–on general education subjects to middle-school, high-school teachers, college professors and their students. Over 490 new resources have been added to the NROC collection. These resources join the other 2,800+ items already available for NCCCS faculty use.


 

The Concord Consortium Logo The Concord Consortium is a collection of Revolutionary Digital Learning items for Science, Engineering, and Math. The Concord Consortium is a nonprofit educational research and development organization based in Concord, Massachusetts. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: CHM081, CHM082, PHY080, BIO090, MAT121, PHY101, EHS115.  Number of items added = 41  Subjects included = Biology, Algebra, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental science


 

Chattanooga State Technical Community College LogoThe Chattanooga State Technical Community College collection includes topics in Religion & Chemistry of Global Climate Change. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: CHM081, CHM082, CHM1312,CTC120, ENV110, ENV120, ENV222, ENV234, EPP112, HIS117, HUM122, NAN251, NUC110, PHS121, PHS140, REL110, REL111, REL112, REL221, SOC250, WAT3200.  Number of items added =177  Subjects included = Religion, Chemistry, Atmospheric science, Climatology


 

BioInteractive Logo The BioInteractive collection includes Cutting-edge Science Animations and Videos. BioInteractive series of films brings compelling stories of scientific discovery, featuring leading scientists in fields ranging from evolutionary biology and genetics to earth science. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: ANT230, BIO094, BIO100, BIO111, BIO250, ENV120, GEL111, MED138, and PHS130. Number of items added =42   Subjects included = Biology, Environmental science


 

MSJC Mt. San Jacinto College LogoThe Mt.San Jacinto College collection provides Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade course. This course is designed for anyone who wants to become a better writer. If you need to write more clearly for work, prepare for a placement test for a college, or improve your skills for current writing projects, this class is beneficial. Please be aware that basic writers are the targeted audience for this course. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: ENG125, ENG126.  Number of items added =15  Subjects included = English, Writing


 

NMSU Learning Games Lab Logo New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab collection offers Math Snacks: Animations and Games for Middle School. Math Snacks are short animations and mini-games designed to present mathematics in a very different way. Math Snacks give students, especially those who don’t particularly like math, another way to look at math concepts. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: MAT101.  Number of items added =22  Subjects included = Mathematics, Mathematics education


 

APES in a BOX Logo APES in a BOX collection contain AP Environmental Science Review courses. APES in a Box is an all-inclusive study guide for the AP Environmental Science exam. APES in a BOX has been updated to reflect changes in the 2011 APES Exam! APES in a Box was written by experienced APES teachers Benjy Wood and Dave Holbert. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: AGR121, AGR170, ALT120, ARG121, ARG170, ATT135, BIO145, EGY3001, EGY3004, EHS115, ELC231, ENV110, ENV120, ENV220, EPP112, FOR175, IVS110, NUC210, and PHS140.   Number of items added =33  Subjects included = Environmental science


 

Virginia Historical Society LogoThe Virginia Historical Society, founded in 1811  in Richmond, Virginia, is a major repository, research, and teaching center for Virginia history. The mission of the Virginia Historical Society is to connect people to America’s past through the unparalleled story of Virginia.  The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: HIS131, HIS132. Number of items added =14  Subjects included = United States history and  State history


 

NASA eClips LogoNASA eClips™ are short, relevant educational video segments. These videos inspire and engage students, helping them see real world connections. New video segments are produced weekly exploring current applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, topics. NASA eClips™ offer unlimited flexibility in the classroom for timing, sequencing and pacing instruction to meet the needs of students and classroom instructors. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: PHY080, PHY090, AST111, ENV120, and CHM092.  Number of items added =147  Subjects included = Astronomy and astrophysics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth science, Food science, Physics, and Space sciences

 

Accessing Content: To find this content you can do any of the following:

  • Search by free text by typing in the collection name: (i.e.“Chattanooga State Technical College” or “APES in a BOX” or “New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab” etc.)
  • Browse by NROC resource series: Navigate to the Browse by Resource Series area> click on the The NROC Project > Sort by Subject Areas or Sort by NROC Collection

Important Note: Due to NROC license agreement this content is only available to NCCCS Faculty.

Stanford Center for Professional Development Resource Series Added to NCLOR


Stanford University Center for Professional DevelopmentThe NCLOR now has 26 new video seminars from the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD). SCPD is a part of the school of Engineering at Stanford University and connects professionals worldwide to the research and teaching of university faculty. Currently, there are five topics in this seminar series. The topics include; Engineering and Climate Change, Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders, Topics in International Technology Management, Human Computer Interaction, and Computer Systems Colloquium. The guest lecturers in this series include Melinda Gates, Peter Norvig from Google and many others.

Seminar Example: Google’s Peter Norvig on Online Education

To access this resource series:

  1. log into the NCLOR www.explorethelor.org or through your institution’s learning management system (LMS)
  2. navigate to the Browse by Resource Series area
  3. click on the Stanford University Seminars series.

Nation Science Foundation Resources Updated in NCLOR


National Science FoundationThe National Science Foundation collection is now updated in the NCLOR to include 206 new videos. The National Science Foundation, along with its partners at NBC Learn and CBS News, have created a digital collection of science, technology and engineering related videos. The video series included in this collection are:  Chalk Talk, Changing Planet, Chemistry Now, Green Revolution, Innovation Nation, Profiles of Scientists and Engineers, Road to the New Energy Economy, Science Behind the New, Science Nation, Science in Motion, and The Science of the Summer Olympics.

These new video series join The Science of NFL Football, The Science of NHL Hockey, The Science of Speed (NASCAR), and The Science of the Olympic Winter Games series which were previously made available in the NCLOR.

Science of Summer Olympics

Collection Example: Science of the Summer Olympics: The Biomechanics of Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt holds the World and Olympic records for the fastest time in the 100-meter sprint. Bolt’s stride, strength, and muscle coordination make him not just a biomechanical marvel, but also a gold medal winner at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The subjects included in this collection update are: Agricultural and Natural Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Health Medical Sciences, Information Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The NCCCS courses that could be enriched by using these resource are: ANT210, BIO130, CHM080, CHM082, CHM3001, CTS287, EDU271, EGR110, ENV110,ENV120, ENV230, FOR171, MSC160, MSC172, MUS110, PHY080, PHY090, SOC210, SOC220, SST110, and SST140.

Accessibility Statement:  All of the videos in this collection are closed captioned or have links to the text version of the video narration.

To access this resource series:

  1. log into the NCLOR  www.explorethelor.org  or through your institution’s learning management system (LMS)
  2. navigate to the Browse by Resource Series area
  3. click on the National Science Foundation series.
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